Starting School in Reception
Legally, children must start full-time schooling by the beginning of the school term after their 5th birthday. At St Peter’s children start Reception Class in the September following their 4th birthday. Applications for your child to start in Reception class is generally made online via the Kent County Council website.Local Admission Arrangements may also be found here. Paper applications forms are available from Kent County Council if required. Registration generally closes on a set date in January and school allocations are advised to parents by the Local Authority in April. We would encourage all prospective parents to visit the school as soon as possible and place their child’s name on the admissions list so that we can ensure you do not miss this important process. For further information read our admissions policy.
Joining St Peter’s from Another School
Moving house and school can be traumatic or at the very least a little daunting. We will manage your child’s move with care, professionalism and sensitivity. You are encouraged to bring your children with you when you visit, where they can spend some time in the class they may join. All children are invited to spend one or two half days in school in the term before they start, if this is feasible. We ease the transition by operating a buddy system, where a child will volunteer to look after their new classmate.
So if you are interested to know more contact us and come and have a look round.
For in year admissions to any year group parents must complete the In Year Casual Application Form available from St Peter’s School Office or downloadable form. This form must be returned to us. We will advise you whether a place is available. If we do not have a place available you may ask to join our waiting list.
Our pupil admission number (PAN) is 24. The Local Authority applies the following admissions criteria in the event of oversubscription:
If the number of preferences for the school is more than the number of spaces available, places will be allocated in the following priority order:
Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care – a child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who ceased to be so because they became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order under Part IV of the Act.
Current Family Association – a brother or sister in the same school at the time of entry where the family continue to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted – or – if they have moved – live within 2 miles of the school, or have moved to a property that is nearer to the school than the previous property.
Health and Special Access Reasons – Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.
Nearness of children’s homes to school – we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion for an oversubscribed Community or Voluntary Controlled school, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school.
In the event of any of the above criteria being oversubscribed, priority will be given based on distance as described above with those closest being given higher priority. In the unlikely event that two or more children in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.